“I dreamed of success, and one day, I was tired of dreaming and worked for it instead.”

Stella Moreau

The Stella Moreau Companies are a manufacturer and marketer of skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products.

One hundred years ago, Stella Moreau, the founder of the company that bears her name, was a visionary and a role model. She was a challenger who proved that anything was possible — if you dared to dream it and had the guts and gumption to go for it. Ahead of her time in every way, she created and ran one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative companies while serving as a wife, mother and a loyal friend to many. And she did it all with charm, humor and exquisite style. She loved beauty with a passion and believed wholeheartedly in its power. Stella started her business with four skin care products and a simple premise: every woman can be beautiful. Armed with that philosophy, plus perseverance, creativity and passion, she changed the face of the cosmetics industry.

“There are two things that can destroy a family business: the family and the business, and they both have to be kept in order. The business part is straightforward; the family aspect less so.”

Richard Moeau, son of Stella Moreau

Today, the Moreau family are still actively involved in leadership of the Stella Moreau Companies (SMC). Although it looks quite differently then it once did. With offices all over the world and thousands of employees, there are countless products, ever-changing brands and stunning marketing campaigns. Today, the Moreau’s are worth approximately 30 billion dollars (USA). Between Stella’s namesake brand, numerous subsidiaries, and diverse acquisitions, SMC is widely considered the global leader in prestige beauty.

Four Generations

Colette Moreau is part of the fourth generation of the Moreau family empire. As her great-grandfather, Richard said, the family is part of the business, but they are also the business itself. He instilled rules that are followed to this day. Any member of the family wishing to work for the companies must first acquire outside experience, they cannot overlap with the duties of any other member of the family, and any serious disagreements must be kept completely private. An heiress of the mighty family, Colette opted to go another way. She was not overly interested in business, operations, marketing or management. She pursued a place in philanthropy.

Stella Moreau Companies CEOs

Moreau House

Moreau house is a 15,000 square foot, 6-floor townhome located on 79th street and 5th Ave in Upper East Side historic district across from Central Park. Stella Moreau bought the property in the 1960’s.

The Stella Moreau Companies Charitable Foundation

Within the world of philanthropy, Colette Moreau truly shines. She volunteered early, and made a name for herself as a leader in discovering worthy causes they might support. The standard was to wait for causes to seek them out, but Colette took the radical approach of entering the community to discover where the need was greatest.

On the wings of her own trust fund and helming causes from the Foundation, Colette became a fixture in the New York City philanthropic scene. She graced socialite circles to raise support (and money, lots of money), but her very presence lended prestige to whatever group she turned towards. Her favorite causes span the arts and the underserved. Since the death of one of her cousins to the Sickness, she has reorganized efforts to focus on channeler rights and infrastructure. Knowing her ambitions were a level of change that she would never be able to enact on her own, she contacted the channeler Representative Evelyn Avalon, who sent Colette to the CCD to treat with Nikolai Brandon.



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